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Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay 
Rockaway Beach in Winter at Sunset. Photo Credit to Helen Cheng.



Change is underway throughout the country - institutional, environmental, social, and economic. Amidst this change, Jamaica Bay is an enduring symbol of resilience for New York. It remains one of the most important landscapes in one of the most important cities in the United States and the world. The stories and announcements that follow illustrate just a few examples of how the Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay (Institute) is equipped for the changes ahead. It’s my great pleasure to highlight some additional areas where, in even in the depths of winter, the conversation around Jamaica Bay is heating up.
In addition to the projects featured below, the Institute is using new research to better exchange knowledge with communities and public agencies stewarding the Bay. At our Climate Forum in the Fall, residents of Carnarsie, the Rockaways, Howard Beach, and Broad Channel helped us better understand what information they need to prepare for hurricanes and snowstorms. In return, residents received weather and climate information from the Consortium on Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast, storm surge forecasts from experts at the Stevens Institute of Technology, and emergency tools from the City of New York – Office of Emergency Management. In November, Institute fellow and CUNY Post Doc, Mary Alldred, presented data on nitrogen capture in natural and restored marshes to representatives of our Public Agency and Stakeholder Advisory Committees. We discovered that Mary’s data can help the US Army Corps of Engineers justify public investment in wetland restoration and, by extension, the Hudson-Raritan Estuary Comprehensive Restoration Plan.
These stories illustrate a commitment not just to producing new cutting-edge science on the Bay, but also catalyzing the collective knowledge, solutions, and know-how to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

Teaming up with the Waterfront Alliance to Evaluate WEDG Program 

The Institute, in partnership with the Waterfront Alliance, has been awarded a Rockefeller Foundation grant to provide technical review of the Waterfront Edge Design Guidelines (WEDG) program and offer feedback on how to design more resilient, accessible, and ecologically healthy waterfronts and coastlines. Read more!

A New Fellowship Program Supports Resilience Research

Ten fellows spent their summer investigating the complex dynamics of resilience in Jamaica Bay, and connecting with key stakeholders and public agencies. Read more!

In the News...

The Institute has been featured across the news. 
Check out the features here:

"Saving the Environment, One Bay at a Time" The Excelsior (Dec 2016)

"New Book Examines Resiliency Efforts at Jamaica Bay" NY1 (Dec 2016)

"Using a new ship to discover an estuary" Queens Chronicle (October 2016)

"Brooklyn College receives $500K to promote coastal resilience through environmental literacy" Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Sept 2016)
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Highlights from 2016
These are a few snapshots from the events held in 2016.
Participants of the State of the Bay Symposium held on June 15-16, 2016 tour Jamaica Bay on the American Princess Cruise. 
The Natural Areas Conservancy, CUNY-Brooklyn College, and the Institute celebrated their summer successes and partnerships in November 2016. The Institute also hosted a book release party for "Prospects of Resilience: Insights from New York City’s Jamaica Bay."
Staff and interns from the Institute did a kayak tour around Jamaica Bay in late summer. For some, it was their first time on a kayak!
The  Institute partnered with the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary Program to lead a Cross-Bay Bike Tour that highlighted multiple resilience projects along the way.
New York Sea Grant, the Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast, the New York Aquarium, and the Institute hosted the first in its series of Climate Forums in November 2016.

Announcements, Grants, Job Postings, etc.

  • The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, Inc. (Endowment) released the 2017 Request for Proposals for the Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant Program. Deadline for Proposals is Feb. 1, 2017.
  • The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is accepting applications to fund urban forestry projects that will enhance landscapes and provide green spaces in urban areas across the state. Click here to learn more. Deadline for grant applications is Mar. 1, 2017.
  • New York Sea Grant is pleased to announce its Biennial Research Call for 2018-2019 Click here for more information. Pre-proposals are due by 4:30 PM on Monday, February 27, 2017.
  • The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) New York City Program is seeking a Managing Scientist to works towards a healthy, resilient and sustainable city environment. Click here to learn more.
  • The Waterfront Alliance seeks a Program Associate to support the Waterfront Edge Design Guidelines (WEDG) program’s growth and community focus. Click here to learn more.
  • New York Sea Grant is soliciting applications for a Great Lakes Coastal Processes Extension Associate position. The position will be located in Oswego, New York or Newark, New York (in Wayne County). Click here to learn more.

Upcoming Events around the Bay

  • Late Winter Thaw Walk at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge - Saturday, February 25. Hosted by the American Littoral Society in partnership with NYC Audubon Society. For more information and reservations call (718) 474 -0896;
  • Winter Events hosted by Gateway National Recreational Area (All events will be held at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge unless noted otherwise; For more information, please visit their webpage)
    • Owl Prowl - Sunday, January 15 AND Wednesday February 22
    • Calling all Volunteers - Saturday January 21
    • "The Wing Bone's Connected to the..." Basic Bird Topography - Sunday, January 22
    • The Pied Piper Meets Millie the Violin: Music Program for Kids - Saturday, February 4
    • Experience the Winter Beach at Fort Tilden (Event held at Fort Tilden, Building 1) - Sunday, February 5
    • Winter Woodpecker Walk - Sunday,February 5
    • Harp Petting Zoo for Children - Sunday, February 19
    • Salt Marsh Detectives - Thursday, February 23
    • Animal Origami - Friday, February 24
    • Spring is in the Air - Sunday, February 26
  • Resiliency Speaker Series: Flood Risk, Rockaway, and your Home - Saturday, January 21. Hosted by the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance. For more information and to RSVP, please click here.
  • Mental Health First Aid Training - Saturdays, January 28 and February 4. Hosted by the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance. For more information and to RSVP, please click here.
  • Storm Water Advisory Group Meetings - Multiple dates from February to June. Hosted by NYC Dept. of Environmental Protection. 
    "The New York City Department of Environmental Protection is convening a Stormwater Advisory Group to provide feedback as they plan for improved water quality in the NYC Harbor through the City's Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Program and Combined Sewer System. Email to join the DEP’s Stormwater Advisory Group and receive email updates about upcoming meetings this Winter and Spring."
Interested in announcing your public event in the next quarterly SRIJB newsletter? Contact Helen Cheng at
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